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How I Reached 1,000,000 Views on HubPages

Updated on February 24, 2018
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Mary has an eclectic mix of articles. Her topics include farming, the motor industry, and issues concerning the middle-aged woman.

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Reaching 1,000,000 Views on Hubpages

On July 17, 2017, I passed 1,000,000 views on Hubpages. Champagne corks didn't pop and there were no fireworks yet there was a smile and a pat on my own back as this was a major milestone for this self-confessed procrastinator. I know that for some people who write on Hubpages, they have passed this mark many times over. I also know that there are others who are looking at their stats and thinking, they will never make it to the 1,000,000 mark. To those people, I would say hang in there and just keep writing. Today, I would like to interview myself as a way of sharing my experiences which led to this achievement that I thought I would never reach.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Million Views?

Interviewer: So Mary, congratulations on hitting the 1,000,000 views mark on Hubpages.

Can you tell our readers how long this has taken you and how many hubs you have?

Mary: Thank you, and yes I have been writing on Hubpages for 6 years and at the moment have a total of 171 articles although not all of them are featured or get any views.

Interviewer: Everyone thinks you have to write on a niche topic, is that what you do and if so, what is your niche.

Mary: I hate to be pigeonholed, but broadly speaking I would say I write about business, farming, and ageing. I have tried other topics with mixed results and I keep coming back to these three niches. When you're writing about a topic you're familiar with, the articles are easier to write.

Getting Followers on Hubpages.

Interviewer: I see you don't have many followers on Hubpages, doesn't this worry you? Don't you think you would have more views if you had more followers?

Mary: Everyone loves to be popular, just think back to high school. Having a lot of followers is comforting but not crucial. Often you'll see someone, who has more than 1,000 followers but not all of these people will read their articles when they are published. To get people to follow you, you need to follow others and leave meaningful comments when they post something. Although I have a few regular supporters, including Billybuc, and MsDora, BraveWarrior, and Nell Rose most of the supporters stop by occasionally. It is always nice to get comments and I can honestly say, without their support, I would have thrown in the towel ages ago. For me, one of the advantages of having followers is not so much for the views they provide, it is the gentle hand on my back which is pushing me forward.

I realize that for some people they feel potential readers will look to see how many followers or comments an article has for validation of the author's ability and knowledge. I have a few issues with this idea though. I used to write on the now defunct Squidoo where I saw a lot of this type of misuse of comments and promotion going on. In fact, I believe that is one of the reasons the site failed. There were poor quality articles full of ads which were hyped up by others on the site. The site was trying to scam the search engines.

Interviewer: Hang on a minute Mary, are you saying you don't want followers?

Mary: No, not at all, but it isn't an indication of quality and it doesn't ensure those who follow you will read or comment on your articles.

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Getting Organic Traffic and Going Viral

Interviewer: Okay, so where should the views come from?

Mary: Organic traffic, is really what authors should be aiming for. This is simply getting views by being found via a search engine. Organic traffic can take time to build up, but if you are updating your pages regularly, it likely will happen if you're writing about a topic people want to read. It took me a year of slogging away here on Hubpages before I made my first payout.

Interviewer: So you just write content and wait for it to get found by the search engines? What about SEO, social media, and backlinks?

Mary: (groan) SEO, I do think about it and try and make my titles, and subtitles search friendly. It is an area I read a lot about to try and improve my articles. I also think about the potential profitability of a topic before writing.

My best sites for social media have been Pinterest, and Flipboard. Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, I haven't had success with, although I know others have. Maybe I just don't have the topics which attract social media shares.

Interviewer: Have you ever had an article go viral?

Mary: (smiling) Yes, I had one article take off for a few hours on Flipboard. It was short lived and then the views returned to the double digit numbers they were before, but it was exciting. It has only happened once though in 6 years.

What are Listicles?

Interviewer: I see from your articles, you like to use lists. For example, 27 Ways to Make Money From a Small Farm to 11 Ways to Make Money Fishing. Many people say this is a lazy way to write, any thoughts about that?

Mary: I have heard those remarks as well, often people call them listicles. I love making lists because I find it provides a good structure or even a template for an article. Plus, people like these types of articles. Everyone is in a hurry and they want to scan an article, which is easy to do with a list. If the list is long, then I break it up into subsections, highlighting what is in each section. This gives the reader a quick overview and if they like what they see, they will continue reading. I did this on my article about small farms, because it's long, over 4,000 words. The danger is if you use this idea of lists, you don't want to produce what they call 'cookie cutter pages'. These are articles which are almost exactly the same but with a different heading. If the information you are providing is worthy of your readers time and is well formatted, it will rise to the top.

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Topics That Get Views

Interviewer: Do you have any advice for the readers about topics which get views and how much you get paid for them?

Mary: Because Hubpages is a revenue sharing company we get paid for views to our pages, even if ads don't get clicked on. The price we get paid is dependent on what advertisers are paying Hubpages to have their ads running on the site. This varies throughout the year as there are times when there is less competition among advertisers such as during school vacations, so the advertisers would pay less during these low times. We aren't allowed to discuss what we make on Hubpages, this is part of the the terms and conditions here on the site.

Interviewer: Mary, you're not dealing with the advertisers, you're just writing on the Hubpages site.

Mary: (Mary shakes her head at the naivety of the interviewer) We are all writing for the advertisers. If there was no advertising revenue, for the site, there would be no site. Hubpages is a business, and a business needs to generate income.

Interviewer: Okay so how can people get views day in and day out, here on Hubpages?

Mary: If you want to get a continual flow of traffic, write about topics which are searched for year round and aren't time dependent, these are called evergreen topics. The other option is to have some topics which will get viewed at specific times of the year. Let me give you some examples.

If you write about Halloween decorations, from November-September you may get no views, however, in October you'll rock that topic. You could balance this off with topics specific to certain holidays, seasons. Gardening topics do well during spring and summer but fall off when people go indoors.

They say you need to think outside the box but you also need to think outside your country and your hemisphere. Remember Hubpages is a global site, so when you're shovelling snow, someone is picking strawberries. If you wonder why your barbecued rib recipe is getting views in January, it's because someone in Australia has fired up their barbie.

I have several articles which receive views across the globe. I love looking at my real time analytic information, especially in the evenings as I can see views from India, the Middle East, straight across the Atlantic to the states. Many of my articles are farming related and I take a sense of pride knowing that someone on the other side of the world is reading my articles. Recently I had one gentleman from Nigeria contact me about an article I had written about duckweed. He was raising catfish and wanted to know if it would be suitable to feed his catfish. After some quick research about his species of catfish, I was able to tell him that his fish could consume 20% of plant-based foods and suggested he begin to grow duckweed to feed his fish.

You may be thinking, “well you didn't make any money from that”. You're right, I didn't make any money other than the small amount resulting from him clicking on my page and reading it. I have just checked my stats and that article has been read by the people in the following countries.United States, UK, Australia, Canada, Philippines, India, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ghana, Germany, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Uganda. I love the fact that this free plant, many people consider a weed, is possibly helping small farmers like myself to make a living from their farms.

Selecting Topics That Earn Money

Interviewer: The internet seems saturated with information so how does a writer know which topics will make money that hasn't been written about before?

Mary: If you're looking for topics which are going to be profitable, you're in good company as that is what most people are doing either directly or indirectly. I would suggest, solve a problem for people. It really is that simple. People have, or think they have, problems and look to the internet to find the solution. They either have too much of something such as pimples, weight, or aphids in the garden. Or they have too little of something such as money, love, or knowledge about how to do something. If you can give them advice on how to reduce their problems or increase what they want in their lives, there is a good chance your article will get some hits. But....

And this is a big but, you need to target your audience. My audience probably won't be the same as yours I write about small businesses and entrepreneurs, farming and things which affect me as a mature woman. I wish I had more knowledge of gaming alas a desire for this ended when I couldn't get Lara Croft out of a cave. I wish I had stuck with it because gaming knowledge is huge. There are so many people out there who want to know a better way to do things related to gaming.

If you're clued up on cell phones, apps, and gadgets, again a huge, but competitive market. This group, however, isn't as evergreen as other topics as models of products change.

In your article, you want to supply the information or a product to fulfill their needs. The money you make from your article will be determined by its search engine ranking. The higher it is up the list, the more likely you'll be to get hits. If a person reads the snippet under the link in the Google search, likes it and clicks, you've just earned.That it is why a good summary is key to getting clicks, this is your snippet text. Plus if you offer a product for sale, through Amazon or an affiliate link, you will profit from that as well. Remember, your readers are looking for solutions, give them that with advice and/or a product with your recommendation and you will both be satisfied.

Write About What You Know

Interviewer: Everyone can't write about gaming or the latest electronic device, they just don't have the experience or knowledge to do that.

Mary: I have a piece of advice which I want you to really think about. You don't have to be an expert, you just have to know more about it than the person reading your article. Don't be afraid to research your topic, but the key point is just start now, don't wait. Do the best you can now and make adjustments to your article in your future updates. Also, you don't need to re-invent the wheel, you just need it to be a lot better. If you've read an article and think you could do it better, then do it, write that article.

If you think you aren't knowledgeable about anything, think again. What do people come to you asking about? Can you fix cars, hang shelves, repair a cracked cell phone screen in under two minutes? You have talents that others don't have. Maybe you have a knack for diffusing a situation at work, drying seeds, or organizing your children. Ask yourself if what you know is useful to other people. As an exercise, write down for a week, questions that people ask you. Some of the most popular articles on the internet are about simple everyday things like folding a fitted sheet.

Each time someone clicks on your article as I've said, you get a small amount. If you get a lot of clicks, they add up. Let me tell you about a relative who owned a gas station with a small shop. Can you guess what the most profitable item was they sold? It was the penny sweets, which are small candies that they sold for a penny. The point is, if you get enough articles, even if they aren't ones which get thousands of views, they add up over time. As they say, 'drops fill a bucket.' I don't have any articles that I would call stellar, they are just consistently getting viewed by people all over the world.

Visit the Hubpages Learning Center to find more tips about what a great hub consists of. Although some people say articles about 1300 words long are best, I believe the search engines like them longer, around 1800-1900 words.

Where to Find Ideas for Articles

Interviewer: Ok, I think I understand but can you give us some tangible ways to find topics for our articles?.

Mary: Finding topics to write about that haven't been covered before can seem daunting. Start with yourself. What questions have you recently searched for online? Often if you didn't find a suitable answer, there could be a gap that needs filling.

Start with asking questions. What, how, why, where, and to some extent who. Here are some examples for you.


  • What can I substitute for baking soda?
  • What can I do to get better gas mileage?
  • What are examples of healthy packed lunches?


  • How do I know if my dentist is charging too much?
  • How do I replace a refrigerator door seal?
  • How do I get my kids to go to bed earlier?


  • Why are my tomato plants wilting?
  • Why is my car pulling to the left?
  • Why does my hip hurt when I stand up?

This is just the start though because you can use a search engine to help you.

How to Enable Google Predictive Text

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Use Google Suggest for Article Ideas

To find what people are asking for, use Google suggest or predictive text. This is the function of Google guessing what you might be searching for based on what other people have searched for. If this is not enabled already on your device go into the settings and then into the privacy section. There you can toggle on the predictive text.

With this enabled, you'll be able to use this to get ideas that people are searching for currently.

When you begin typing just keep adding letters as in the examples. I began by typing the question 'how do I?' and added the letters 'mi'.You can see the following results came back.

  • How do I mine bitcoin
  • How do I mince garlic
  • How do I mine ethereum
  • How do I microwave corn on the cob

You can see there is a wide variety of topics using the 'how do I' start, with just two letters. You can choose any letters and it will throw out suggestions. Some ideas are interesting, some amusing and some worrying.

Take a look at the other screen shots to get a sense of asking the right question first followed by a letter or letters of your choice.

Sample Google Questions

How do I
How do I
Why does my
Why does my
Do I need
Do I need

Television and Online Ads

When you are watching television, or are online, take notice of the ads which are being shown. People pay a lot of money to promote themselves and their products both on and offline.

Why? Because there is probably a market there. Target that market!

Whether it is heartburn, healthy dog snacks or a luxury cruise, you can tap into that market with your articles. Soon those ads may be running on your Hubpage article.

Where to Get Ideas for Articles
How to Get More Followers
How to Get Views
Listen to What Your Friends & Coworkers are discussing
Click on those who frequently comment on other hubs.
Share on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Flipboard and Stumbleupon
What are televisions ads promoting?
In an author's profile find those who are actively on the site.
Research which topics aren't already saturated.
What are online ads promoting?
When someone leaves a comment on your hub, respond to them.
Find a new twist on a profitable market.
Use Google suggest
Read hubs and respond with a thoughtful comment which indicates you've read it.
Stick with it!

Have You Reached 1,000,000 Views?

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Final Thoughts

Interviewer: So now that you've hit a million views, what's next? Are you going to sit back on your laurels and take a break from writing?

Mary: No, now my next target is 10 million views. Although, that could take some time. I hope this article has given everyone a few ideas to increase their views. The most important thing is to keep writing and get your quality articles out there. On this site, there are writers who have published a lot of articles and some with just a few successful articles, so it isn't a one formula fits all scenario.

As with anything, the more you put into writing here on Hubpages, the more successful you'll be, just keep going forward.

Good luck with your writing.

© 2017 Mary Wickison


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    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 2 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Awesome interview! I learned some things, I have very few views but not giving up. Thanks so much for sharing this great information!

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Victoria,

      I knew I wanted to write about ways I use to write some of my articles but was struggling to make it readable. Then I had a light bulb moment. I thought the interview format made it more readable, and after all, we are writing for readers, not ourselves.

      I would suggest everyone give an interview style article a go, it makes it easier to write and organize, in my opinion.

      Regarding inserting humor, I think that is what keeps most articles from sounding like a textbook. If you can get your reader to relate to you by injecting a bit of humor, then they are entertained and informed. Writing is all about making that connection.

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Victoria Van Ness 2 months ago from Fountain, CO

      Loved the cute idea of interviewing yourself and the humor you instilled into a pretty serious topic. You made it easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow. Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Courtlney,

      You sound like you're on the right track. Advertising companies pay big bucks to target their market. Listen to their keywords and solve the problem they say exists.

      Also, often we think it is only writing for other people. When we solve our own problems, there are others who want to know the same thing. Our learning process to discover a new skill or life hack, can be our next article. Begin to catalog your learning process and make a step by step guide for beginners.

      Although I refer to online articles, these can be extended into ebooks.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Courtlney Davis 3 months ago

      Hi Mary,

      Congratulations on reaching 1,000,000 views! I took quite a few notes as I read your hub. My call to action is to start checking tv commercials for Hubpages writing ideas. Previously, if I was watching TV, I would either mute the TV when the commercials were on or walk away and do other things. Another useful takeaway for me was to use topics I googled to use for writing ideas. Your article was very informative. Thanks! -- Courtlney

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      Linda Bryen 3 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are right Mary, I just have to keep updating my hubs regularly. I left it at some point because I got frustrated not moving forwards. But I came back to it again. Thanks Mary for your advice and tips. Greatly appreciated.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Linda,

      I think the key point is just to keep at it. What looks impossible when you're struggling for views turns and you reach a tipping point.

      Keep updating your strongest articles and check your 'stats'. That will tell you what people were searching for when they landed on your page. You can then modify your subtitles and text if needed.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Linda Bryen 3 months ago from United Kingdom

      Wow! congratulations on your million views Mary. I don't know if I will ever achieve that but I will give it a try. Thank you for your tips and this great hub again.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Anita,

      Altering titles and writing new articles are great ideas.

      When I 'Google' a question, I automatically look at the number of searches before the descriptions. If there are several million, it is a topic I would not likely write about. If there are less than a million, I look at the list and see when the first few were updated last.

      If those haven't been updated, it is likely I could get placed in there.

      My theory is, I can't be the only one looking for whatever I searched for.

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      Anita Hasch 4 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Mary, So glad somebody is being so successful at hubpages. I think I need to alter my titles.

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      Denise McGill 4 months ago from Fresno CA

      Thanks for the insights. I guess I could go back and see if some headline tweaking would help some of the articles. Sweet of you to give me some personal attention like that.



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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Denise,

      Everyone writes for their own reasons. Sharing your passion with others is a wonderful thing to do.

      Sometimes a little tweaking is all it takes to make an article more commercially appealing or SEO friendly. Although your URL won't change, your headings and subtitles can.

      If the article contains keywords that people are searching for on the internet, it's likely your page will get clicked on more frequently.

      Although you are showcasing and sharing your drawings, I would encourage you to put an Amazon capsule with an appropriate product on your articles.

      For example, I've just looked at your article, Drawing Feet for an Exercise. To me, it is more than just a compilation of drawings of feet. Your love of drawing shines through and you are encouraging to others. You've got a way of explaining your frustrations towards the end that everyone could understand yet the chutzpah to continue.

      Writing more about your most popular themes is a great idea.

      Good luck with writing and drawings.

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      Denise McGill 4 months ago from Fresno CA

      I have over 200 hubs, writing since 2014 and I have only about 140K views so far. I write about what I know and love, not necessarily what will generate lots of views. That's the problem but then, why write if it isn't about what you know and love? I do have a couple that still get lots of views every day. Perhaps I need to write more on the same subject. I appreciate your sharing your advice and insights.



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      Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thank you. Your amazing achievement is inspiring.

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      Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

      Thank you, that's more good information.

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Robert,

      I sold very little on Ebay so wasn't sad to see it go. I do well on Amazon and now that Hubpages have pulled it all into one, the rates are much better.

      It boils down to, address an issue the reader has and give them the solution.

      I have used the interview technique a couple times and it works well. Thanks for your question and comment.

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      Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

      Congratulations on your 1 million views. I like this article's self-interview format. You have a lot of good information on writing articles that get a good amount of hits. Has Amazon, and in earlier times Ebay, been good revenue generators for you?

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Natalie,

      Thank you. I remember how confusing and overwhelming it was when I first began. I hope my explanations help people stick with it or change their writing slightly to make it more commercial.

      I believe by making our articles more 'seo friendly', we gain a larger more receptive audience. The additional views help to build our confidence because we feel our writing is connecting with people. This lifts our confidence and pushes us to write more and the views follow.

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      Natalie Frank 5 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Mary - Your response to comments continue to provide useful info on how to increase views no matter what the reason a writer uses HPs. Thanks for the additional info.

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Anita,

      That was what I thought as well when I saw others who had a lot of views. You only need to have a few articles which get consistent views day in and day out.

      Also, remember that to make money, you can have sales (Amazon or another affiliate link) as well as the revenue from views.

      People use Hubpages for various reasons, some to make money, some to get their name known, and some just want to be in a community of other writers.

      If you have struggled with a problem and then found a solution, write about it. You won't be the only one with that problem.

      Just keep at it, and keep writing. Thanks for reading and your comment.

      Merry Christmas

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      Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Mary, Congratulations. Can't see that I will ever get there, but it is inspiring to read about those that do.

      Merry Christmas!

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Thanks, Mary.

      Yes, to get organic traffic, it has to be topics that people are looking for.

      Also when you offer a reader something which will solve a problem for them, you make a sale and gain revenue from that as well.

      I see many hubbers who say they are not here to make money. That may be the case, but by helping people there is money to be made from that.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Mary Norton 5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this. It is very encouraging to know other hubbers journeys and yours is special as you have reached your target and will continue to reach higher ones. I have to write on topics people search for.

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Amy,

      I'm glad you found it useful.

      Of course, different people write for different reasons but if you want people to find your information, you have to use titles, subtitles and words within the text to make sure your writing gets found.

      Let me give you an example. My husband and I were talking about names for boats. He said, he'd like a Latin word as a name for a boat and typed it into a search. An article I had written about boat names was on the first page only because within the text I had mentioned the word 'Latin'. It wasn't even in a subtitle.

      When writing an article use synonyms and keep it interesting, no one likes to read an article that is stuffed with keywords. (plus it wouldn't pass the checks on HP).

      Thanks for reading and good luck with your writing.

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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      Amy 5 months ago from East Coast

      This is probably the most useful Hub I have read on writing for Hubpages. I tend to get lost on keyword research advice but know it's important. Your hub was very helpful and easy to read. Nice common sense approach. I thank you for the advice and inspiration and wish you a happy holiday season!

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      Nikki Khan 6 months ago from London

      Thanks for advice dear,,I’ll try my best to write useful hubs for readers.

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      Mary Wickison 6 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Nikki,

      Welcome to Hubpages. Just remember we were all where you are at the moment, just starting out. It takes a lot of work to get 1,000,000 views but you'll get there if you write articles that generate organic traffic. That is a key point to remember, you don't want to write to have an audience within the Hubpage community. To get a lot of views you have to offer solutions to problems that the general population is having.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the article, thanks for your support.

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      Nikki Khan 6 months ago from London

      Great job,,enjoyed all questions and answers.I am new to hubpages, still long road to go.I think devotion, interesting writing and admiring other's work can get you through.Thanks for sharing,much appreciated.

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      Mary Wickison 7 months ago from Brazil

      Just keep showing up and putting in the time. If you don't quit, you don't fail.

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      lovetherain 7 months ago from Untited States

      That's a great accomplishment. I can't wait to get there.

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      Mary Wickison 7 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Anita,

      Thank you for your kind words. I will tell you, for a long time, I never thought I could have achieved that.

      I think the key is just don't give up and keep pushing forward.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Anita Hasch 7 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      You can be proud of your achievement. Good luck on your continual success.

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Natalie,

      We're on the right track when we write about things people are searching for. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.

      You're right, Google suggest and even spellcheck throw out some comical answers.

      I'm glad you like the article and hope you can use some of the ideas. Thanks for reading.

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      Natalie Frank 8 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Fabulous article with great suggestions! Using Google suggest is something I never thought of though I constantly see funny or interesting suggestions when doing normal searches.

      Thanks for writing this!

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Imran,

      Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I hope the information was useful to you.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Sudipa,

      What you need to remember, all of us were exactly where you are now. There is no secret formula, it's just hard work and you have to keep showing up. Then when you find an article which gets viewed, write more of that type or on a similar topic.

      Just hang in there until you hit the tipping point and it all becomes easier as a snowball effect takes over. I can't tell you how many times I felt like giving up but then I would have a positive comment or something would happen.

      One time, I was really low concerning my writing, and took a break and went to the beach. We are close, only about 10 minutes. There was a man there in the middle of the day, kitesurfing. I asked him what he did for a living and he said, "affiliate marketing". That was the sign I needed to know I was on the right track.

      So many people are on the right track, they just stop too soon.

      Thanks for reading and your kind words. Just keep going forward and it will fall into place for you.

      Good luck.

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      Imran Khan 8 months ago from Mumbai, India

      Superb. I like the way you have written the article and also the advice.

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      Sudipa 8 months ago from India

      Loved your article Mary. Written so well and in a different format with loads of information. Don't know when I will reach the 1,00,000 views mark. I am far far far away, but will be patient and keep trying.

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Krzysztof,

      I'm happy you liked it and I hope you can make good use of the information. The best thing about a self-interview is it's unlikely to result in questions I can't answer. LOL

      I write articles for a content creation site as well as here on Hubpages. The interview approach I was asked to do for an adult content site. It was a mock interview with one of their phone workers.

      This layout can give an article a reader-friendly structure and helps keep the reader engaged and on the page longer. Give it a whirl.

      My target of 10 million seems to be almost too far to reach but I know it is doable for anyone who applies themselves.

      I appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment, thank you.

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      Krzysztof Willman 9 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Really like what you did here with the self-interview approach and there's was a lot of great advice too.

      Good luck on hitting 10 million.

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Ann,

      I think Hubpages is many things to many people. For some, it is a way to get exposure for their writing in a supportive environment and others it is an avenue for extra income. With the changes Hubpages have made recently putting up niche sites, I feel positive about the future of the site. It encourages authors to publish yet keeps the bar high enough to keep us on our toes and create better content.

      Thanks for reading and your kind words.

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      Ann Carr 9 months ago from SW England

      Great hub, Mary, with loads of brilliant advice. I've been here 7 years and I haven't had anywhere near that number of views but then I don't look to see the number of views! I'm one of those just here for the fun but what you've said here is really interesting. Good common sense advice for those who want to make a little money from it all.

      Oh, and congratulations on your remarkable achievement!


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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      Hello Ivan,

      You're very welcome, I'm pleased you found them useful.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

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      Ivan 9 months ago from Zagreb

      Hi Mary, thanks for useful suggestions... And good luck for 10.000.000 views!

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Amelia,

      You're right it is a great community and a wonderful platform for writers.

      I believe it has given people the confidence to write without having to go down the blog/website route. That is especially great if they are just starting out, blogging can be so insular.

      I do know that many writers here have successful blogs, and like yourself have published books.

      The fact we can make a passive income from this is also helpful.

      Thanks for reading and your kind words.

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      JR Mamerto 10 months ago from Cabuyao


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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Mamerto,

      I know at first it can seem like an insurmountable mountain to climb when views just trickle in. Know this, we were all in the same position as you are now, just starting out.

      Just keep showing up and writing and soon you'll get views hitting double digits and some in the hundreds. When this happens on a few articles every day, you will see the possibilities.

      Your targets may include, hitting 100 views a day or making your first payout.

      Keep writing and ask yourself what do people want to know about.

      Thanks for reading and good luck with your writing.

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      Amelia Griggs 10 months ago

      Congrats Mary!

      You are very inspiring! What a wonderful article! I have been writing on HubPages for 7 years and have learned so much during that time. I am planning to share some recent milestones (including how I self-published my first book) and I thank you for writing this hub. This is a great and wonderful writing community!

      May success be yours, all the best to you,


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      JR Mamerto 10 months ago from Cabuyao

      As a newbie I found this hub to be very helpful (I'm just starting with just 7 hubs)

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      I too wish there were other accolades before the 10 million. However, I know it is doable because others have done it.

      I think it is necessary for those who are doing well on this site to encourage others because, as you say, we have been there struggling. So many times I wanted to give up and just put my writing on hold for awhile.

      I think one of the key things is, write about something you like and it is easier to write the piece.

      I remember when I first started at Squidoo, I had no experience writing online. They set a task saying write about something you love.

      Did I write about a member of my family? No

      Was I patriotic and write about the USA? No

      I wrote about Reese's Peanut butter cups.

      That was a good lesson to do because it made me stop and think, why is it special and how does it make me feel.

      That is when writing is easy when you know your subject, and I knew those peanut butter cups. LOL

      Thanks for the virtual high five.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Anita,

      I thought the same thing. Just keep at it and it will happen for you.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Katie,

      I'm glad you like the article and especially that line. I honestly believe, we all have those voices of doubt which question what we're doing. What is the worst that can happen? If you get a comment which tells you you're wrong, you can do one of two things. One, thank them for their insightful comment and update your article. Or delete their comment.

      Much, (read that as virtually all), of what we read on the internet or in the media including the news is only someone's take on any given subject.

      Sometimes the naysayers are not the voices in your head but also people close to you. For whatever reason, they can hold you back. This is a position I found myself in, now I no longer ask for for their opinion. I say, put it out there and let the wider audience be the judge. It will either be well received or fall flat on its face. Trust me, we all have those. Just remind yourself of Edison's 10,000 attempts at the light bulb. You have to get up, dust yourself off, say, 'ok that didn't work'. It could be the subject matter, the title or just the wrong timing. Although it may be a sound piece of writing, it might not work for this site. Keep it on your computer and rework it for something else.

      I don't know if you are familiar with the writer billybuc here on Hubpages, real name Bill Holland. Every Monday he publishes a mailbag with readers questions. The mailbag series is in its 4th year. I would suggest you take a look at it because there are experienced writers there who offer advice, but you'll be surprised how many doubt their skill. It has a community feel to it and people are helpful.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Ryan,

      I am certain you'll reach it if you just keep going. You can't fail if you don't stop.

      It seems once you get to a certain point, the views begin to come in without you doing much. Pinterest sends a lot of traffic, so if you don't have an account it might be worth setting one up.

      *Warning* Pinterest can be highly addictive! It's almost as bad as Youtube. Maybe it's just me but I love both those sites and spend far too much time on them.

      Thanks for reading and remember, just keep pushing forward and writing articles.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on your 1 million! I recall when I was rather new and another Hubber encouraged me by saying "on to the next million." I was flummoxed, as 1 million wasn't within reason at the time. (She had had some viral success with several hubs so she had a lot of good information to share.)

      The way you wrote about your success here and offered specific advice was fabulous. Additionally, the advice you provide Stella is spot-on.

      I wish there were accolades for milestones between 1 and 10 million, but I'm sure it will be no time before you achieve that next major milestone. High five to you on this achievement!

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      Anita Hasch 10 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thank you for this informative hub. Wish I could get so many views.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Sunil,

      I truly believe that everyone here on Hubpages can reach a million views. Once the momentum kicks in, the numbers seem to grow exponentially.

      At first, I thought I would never reach my first payout, it took me a year. I had read about other writers who said it only took 6 months or less. After reading that my heart fell because it took me so long and I thought that was proof I didn't have what it took to be a writer here. Every time I would take a blow like that, someone would leave a comment on one of my hubs with words of encouragement. It was this that kept me going.

      If we all knew the power we have to change someone's world by something as simple as leaving a comment on a newcomer's article we'd do it. I would encourage everyone who reads this to make a comment on a hub. Expand your circle and read a new author's work, it will make their day and possibly encourage them to stay the course in their online writing career.

      Thank you for your support and thoughtful words.

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      kbdressman 10 months ago from Harlem, New York

      I really appreciated this hub! Thank you! You have lots of great suggestions for finding solid hub topics and presented them in an inspirational and engaging manner. :) I really loved your, "You don't have to be an expert, you just have to know more about it than the person reading your article." line. It was a good reminder for me that waiting to write until you can write the perfect article isn't a good hubpages writing strategy.

      Congratulations on your milestone! Thanks for sharing your moment with us in this hub!

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Nell,

      I thought the interview technique would make it easier to read and give it a bit of structure.

      I had to stop and think how I came up with some of my ideas. Some began as discussions around the table, another while I was fishing and some when I'm crashed out in the hammock. Ideas also spring to life when I am doing mundane tasks, like raking. I should really carry a pencil and paper with me.

      Once the seed is planted, I check the viability of an article's potential. Sometimes, an article will have all the right ingredients and still do nothing.

      I find it incredible that with 3.2 billion people online, 27% of whom speak English, I get roughly the same number of views over the course of a week. How is that possible?

      Thanks for your support over the years Nell.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 10 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Your achievement is great and even great is your post. It is a dream goal for anyone here in HP. You deserve it and your presentation of how you reach this milestone is wonderful. Hope you will write more success stories to motivate hubbers like me who are on the way to reach that dream goal of 1 million hits. But it is still a dream for me and may take some more time. Keep on writing. All the best. God bless you!

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bronwen,

      I'm glad you liked it. I wanted to show that it's possible if people just keep at it. Of course, it doesn't happen overnight but with continued effort, I believe anyone can do it. It seems we now live in a world which promises instant results but in reality, you still get out of life what you put in.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Ryan Fuller 10 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      That is an amazing accomplishment. I hope to get to that many views some day. Thank you for sharing your tips. You are a great writer and congrats on your success. Much respect for you.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Dora,

      I too love to understand the processes others use to create their articles. Not just the content though. When I see a well-formatted article, as a reader, I appreciate it but as an author, I try to dissect it to see what makes it a pleasure to read.

      I am confident you will also hit a million views before too long, your articles are always beautifully written.

      Thank you for reading and your continued support.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Ziyena,

      You're very welcome and I hope you find them helpful. Thanks for following as well.

      Have a great day.

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      Nell Rose 10 months ago from England

      Hi Mary, congrats! and I love the way you did the interview thing, great advice and I relearned stuff I had forgotten! lol! here's to another few million!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 10 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      I really have no idea how many views I've had. This interesting article has reminded me that it would be a good idea to go back and look. Thank you for such an interesting - and motivating - article.

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      Dora Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the many useful suggestions you shared in this article and a new word for me: listicles. I'm always interested in the thought processes of other writers. It is very thoughtful of you to share the ideas that helped you reach this milestone. Congratulations! I'm miles away but I'll keep trudging and following.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Stephen,

      Thank you for saying that, as I wanted to get the point across that it is possible for everyone.

      I was about to give up so many times and I either read an inspirational article or had a positive comment left on one of my articles. We all hit low points and wonder if it is all worth it.

      If you don't quit, you can't fail.

      Thanks for your comment, it's nice to know I've made a difference.

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      ECLECTIC PLETHORA 10 months ago from LOST IN TIME

      Amazing and much respect to you! Thank You for all the valuable tips ... Cheers

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      Stephen Barnes 10 months ago from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

      Congratulations Mary on reaching the 1,000,000 mark, quite the milestone. And, this is a great article, with plenty of good advice. There have been times recently when I have wondered whether I was wasting my time and effort writing here but your article has helped me to set aside the doubts that were beginning to creep in and has rejuvenated my interest and excitement. Thank you.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      That I understand your comment shows my age. LOL

      I thought if I asked myself the questions, I probably would know the answers.

      Thank you for your kind words and continued support.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Tomi,

      I'm pleased you found some of the ideas useful. Also, thanks for following, and your good wishes.

      Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, you beat me to one-million, so congratulations! You have done well, Grasshopper, well enough to become the Sensei. I applaud you!

      Fun interview! It is a pleasure and honor to know you.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Christopher,

      I'm not going to lie to you, my next goal of 10 million views, seems OTT and just a tad daunting. However, I know others have done it so why not me? Or you?

      Thanks for your good wishes, and for reading.

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      Tomi Smith 10 months ago

      I really enjoyed reading this article. It had a lot of good tips, and it was very informative on how to earn more views. Congratulations and continued good success!

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Robert,

      I always think that inspirational and how to posts can help not just newcomers but others as well. I like to think of new things to try, sometimes they work and other times they fall flat.

      Great to hear from you and thanks for sharing in my little celebration.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Mr. McFarlane,

      It is very doable, and sometimes it just needs a little more time and stubbornness. I think all too often people give up too soon. If you want something to work for you, you have to be willing to put in the effort.

      I hope those who may be having doubts will make a few changes and begin getting views, then they will hit their targets here on Hubpages.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Christopher J Wood 10 months ago from Florida, USA

      Congrats on reaching an impressive milestone!

      I found this to be an enjoyable and informative hub that offers some good advice for all of us. It's easy to see how you have attracted so many readers. Best wishes on reaching your next goal.

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      RTalloni 10 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats...WhooHoo...Thanks for celebrating with us! :) And thanks for a neat post with interestingly put together information.

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      I.W. McFarlane 10 months ago from Philadelphia

      Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Others who have had doubts may now see this as achievable.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Stella,

      I know it can be frustrating because I too have many articles that get only a few views.

      I have just had a look at your list of articles and you have a good collection of both travel and property related topics. I believe your information is good, just not targeted.

      For example, your article about Greek Island Hopping will be competing with major travel companies and newspapers who have featured articles. That isn't to say you can't compete with them because you can. Just niche it down more.

      Something like:

      Greek Island Hopping with toddlers (158,000 results)

      How to see the Greek islands in 3 days

      I have just Googled these and although the last one has a lot (over 5,000,000 results) the number one spot hasn't been updated since 2012! With a big article with targeted keywords, a specific title and subtitles, you could grab that top stop.

      You need to think like the person who would be searching on the internet. Remember you are writing for them, not for yourself.

      I have just read your article about condensation in properties. It is a big problem, which you, as a property agent know about. The person looking for information might type into a search engine,

      "How to stop condensation" or they may ask something more specific, such as "how to stop condensation on walls". If your article was titled 'how to stop condensation on walls' you have a great chance of getting that person to click on your page. Then when they are there, you give them specific actions to take to solve their problem. If you can recommend a product and you know it works, you are likely to make a sale and earn a commission from Amazon.

      When you begin to get some views, I would suggest you use the Pareto Principle. This basically says that 80% of your views will come from 20% of your hubs. This way you can tweak your new articles to the formula you know works best for you.

      I also see you have poems. Although they are great for the soul and the heart, unfortunately, poetry doesn't get many views, I believe. I know there are some excellent poets here on Hubpages and it might be worth connecting with them.

      I hope this has given you some help and that things will turn around for you. With over 200 hubs you are obviously determined and that's a good thing. I don't think I noticed a sharp increase until about year 4. Let me tell you, when you make a decent sale on Amazon, and see your views increasing, you will know you are on the right track and your hard work has been worth it.

      Hang in there.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Glenn,

      The story of where I got the idea of an interview would surprise you but I thought it would be a fun way to approach the article.

      I will be waiting with sparklers in hand when you reach a million views too.

      The article I was referencing about duckweed, has earned me money from views but also from sales of photographs. I was contacted by a woman, I think she was from Malaysia, who purchased my photos of my duckweed ponds for a textbook. I think it is fascinating looking at the widespread appeal of certain articles.

      Of course, you're right about comments now affecting rankings and I think this can only be a good thing for all of us as users of the internet. Many times I have seen negative comments on articles which are poor quality. As authors and internet users, it's in our best interest to maintain and expect a high standard. The internet is evolving at a rapid pace and we need to adapt and be flexible in our writing if we want to keep a competitive edge.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Sally,

      Although I have listed a few ideas, I still try other ones as well. I would love to write humorous articles but they just don't get the views. I think it is a case of the right idea, but the wrong place.

      There are a few different schools of thoughts with writing. One being mastering a niche such as you have done with your detailed articles on wet felting projects.

      The other is what I'll call the shotgun approach. Blast out different topics and see which type works best and concentrate on those.

      I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

      Thank you for your kind words and your support over the years.

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      Stella Kaye 10 months ago from UK

      Thanks for the advice. I've been on here less than 3 years have 264 featured articles and only now passed 14,000 views. I must be doing something wrong! I hardly get any comments and haven't even earned 10 dollars!

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      Glenn Stok 10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I love the way you wrote this hub in the form of an interview Mary. What a great way teach about the subject! I think it helps keep people engaged.

      I'm getting close to a million views myself and the closer I get, the more inclined I am to learn anything new that will push it over that threshold. That's why I found your hub to useful.

      I have to point out how much I agree with the part about answering a specific question to a viewer's comment. You mentioned that you don't make money from that, but that you I saw the traffic and where it came from.

      Google is known to index our hubs based on content in the comments, too. So I agree 100%. Responding to a specific question, as long as it's on topic, can definitely increase the views when other people happen to be searching for answers to that same question.

      Congratulations on reaching such a wonderful milestone.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 10 months ago from Norfolk

      This is such an informative hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can see quite clearly how you have achieved your 1 Million views. There are some great hints and ideas here for people to explore in their own writing. What an achievement! Very well done.


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